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The Reform of the EU's Public Procurement Directives: A Missed Opportunity?

Eric Van den Abeele

Université de Mons-Hainaut

October 12, 2012

ETUI Working Paper 2012.11

This Working Paper provides a critical analysis of the EU Commission’s proposals to modernise and simplify its rules on public procurement. The author of the paper, Eric Van den Abeele, looks at the political background and reasons behind the EU’s revision of its public procurement directives. The reform aims at making the rules simpler and more flexible, providing better access to the public procurement market by SME’s and fostering a better qualitative use of public procurement through the introduction of social and environmental criteria.

On all these accounts, the Commission’s proposal is mediocre and disappointing, argues the author of this working paper providing extensive arguments for his critique. His analysis shows that the proposed reforms do neither enhance the EU’s competitiveness nor promote sustainable development.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: EU policy, EU law, law reform, EU Directive, public procurement

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Date posted: January 19, 2013  

Suggested Citation

Van den Abeele, Eric, The Reform of the EU's Public Procurement Directives: A Missed Opportunity? (October 12, 2012). ETUI Working Paper 2012.11. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2202717 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2202717

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Eric Van den Abeele (Contact Author)
Université de Mons-Hainaut ( email )
20 Place du Parc
B - 7000 - Mons
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